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What Age Can You Get Breast Cancer?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
what age can you get breast cancer ,can you get it at the age of 15 ?
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Dear What Age Can You Get Breast Cancer?,


While it is possible that someone at the age of 15 could develop breast cancer, it is highly unlikely. The risk of breast cancer is very low for teens, as well as women in their 20’s and 30’s. In the United States, 95% of all women diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 40.

There are many risk-factors for breast cancer – one of which is age. The older a woman is, the more likely she is to get breast cancer. This is because it is more likely that abnormal changes will take place in our cells the older we get. The risk for getting breast cancer increases after age 40 and is highest in women over 70.

For more information on age as a risk factor for breast cancer, visit the CDC webpage Breast Cancer Rates By Age. For general information on breast cancer, visit the Mayo Clinic webpage on Breast Cancer or speak to your doctor, school nurse, or heath educator at school.

If you are experiencing any signs of symptoms that have you concerned that something might be medically wrong with your breasts or chest area, please speak with your parents so that they can schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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